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Jumping and moving around: five methods of jumping

Possible learning activities

Brainstorm with the class or ask the students to explore different types of jumping, for example:

  • from one foot onto the same foot;
  • from one foot onto the other foot;
  • from two feet onto two feet;
  • from two feet onto one foot;
  • from one foot onto two feet.

Ask some students to demonstrate jumping methods as they identify them. Make links between the jumping patterns and activities such as hopscotch and elastics. When the students have identified and demonstrated all five of the above methods, they can go on to work with a partner to link the five methods together in a jumping sequence, which they repeat twice.

As the sequences develop, introduce the idea of jumping longer or higher, asking the students to think about and trial different techniques that may assist them to extend their jumps.

Each pair of students can then join up with another pair and share their findings. Working together, they can develop a joint sequence using their new ideas about increasing the length or height of each of the jumps within their jumping sequence.

Ask some groups to present their jumping sequences while the others watch.

After the activity, ask each group to discuss and agree on how they had extended their jumping as they developed their sequence and to describe the techniques that helped them to jump higher or farther (3Bl).

Suggested learning outcome

Students will develop jumping sequences and trial a range of variations that help them extend their basic jumping movements (3B1).

Attitudes and values

Developing care and concern for other people in their community through positive involvement and participation.

Assessment opportunity

Groups of students jointly identify the variations that trialled and say which were most effective in extending the height or length of their jumps (3B1).

Teachers' notes

The triple jump is often referred to as the "Hop, Step, and Jump". In the triple jump, the student must make three different consecutive movements. The first is a hop, the second is a leap, and finally the student jumps into the jumping pit. A hop is from one foot onto the same foot. A leap is from one foot onto the other foot. A jump is from one foot onto two feet. The students focus their eyes forward and maintain a forward movement throughout the leap. During the flight of the jump, they should bend their legs slightly, each student should land on two feet, with bent legs, and without losing their balance. Set some physical education homework. Ask the students to teach an older family member how to do the triple jump.

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